Fleetwood Town decide to sack Ched Evans, it has been confirmed by manager Joey Barton after Saturday night’s 1-1 draw with Wigan Athletic.
There was speculation prior the game as to why he wasn’t picked, then it was revealed that the Welsh striker missed training yesterday and therefore cannot be selected, says the Town boss.
Latics substitute Oliver Crankshaw cancelled out Danny Andrew’s opener for the hosts at a blustery Highbury Stadium,, then Barton admitted it was time for the Wales international to leave.
“It would’ve helped if we’d have had Ched (Evans). He’s no longer with us and he’ll leave the building due to his discipline and his behaviour.
— BBC Lancashire Sport (@BBCLancsSport) December 19, 2020
“I like Ched, I’ve got enormous respect for him, but it’s got to the point where you have to act if someone keeps crossing the line,” said Barton.
“I’ve decided as a manager that there has to be a change of scenery for him now.
“What has happened will stay in our dressing room. It’s nothing major, it’s just a number of things that have gone on recently.”
On two occasions, Barrie McKay went close for Fleetwood before a superb strike handed put them in the lead on the 28th minute mark.
Paddy Madden gave the ball to full-back Andrew who then smashed home low and hard into the corner past keeper Jamie Jones from 30 yards out.
However, Wigan were strong for the second period and grabbed their point when Crankshaw nodded home a rebound.
On the game, Barton said: “It wasn’t a corner for the lead-up to their goal, so we’re aggrieved about that, but credit to Wigan, they really pushed on in the second half.
“I thought they deserved a point because we just weren’t good enough in the second half.
“It just wasn’t to be today, off the back of a tough week when we’ve still picked up five points from three games.
“A good week would have been a great week had we managed to see those last few minutes out.”
Fleetwood currently sit 10th in the League One table, whilst Wigan are in 23rd position.
Wigan interim boss Leam Richardson admitted his battling team fully deserved a point.
“I thought we thoroughly deserved to get a point out of the game,” said Richardson.
“I was beginning to think it wasn’t coming, but the lads deserve that because of the energy and the endeavour they showed throughout the game.
“That was a fantastic thing for me to see, and it gives us all hope as we look ahead to the remainder of the season.
“We had a bad result during the week of course, so it today it was about trying to reinstil that belief and freedom into the lads, and to get them going again.
“We seemed a bit reserved in the early stages, but credit to every one of them, they gave it everything and in the end we got what we deserved.
“Everybody knows it’s been tough times at the club, but we’ve just got to get on with our work on the pitch.
“Don’t forget Fleetwood have been going well again this season, but at times in that second half we really took the game to them.
“Credit to the lads for their response to what was a big disappointment in midweek.”
CHED EVANS’ CAREER:
1999–2000 – Rhyl
2000–2002 – Chester City
2002–2007 – Manchester City
2007–2009 – Manchester City – 16 apps (1 goal)
2007–2008 → Norwich City (loan) – 28 apps (10 goals)
2009–2012 – Sheffield United – 103 apps (42 goals)
2016–2017 – Chesterfield – 25 apps (5 goals)
2017–2019 – Sheffield United – 9 apps (0 goals)
2018–2019 → Fleetwood Town (loan) – 39 apps (17 goals)
2019–2020 Fleetwood Town – 40 apps (14 goals)
2006–2007 – Wales U19 – 4 apps (1 goal)
2007–2009 – Wales U21 – 13 apps (13 goals)
2008–2011 – Wales – 13 apps (1 goal)
— Fleetwood Town FC (@ftfc) April 9, 2019
Fans reacted on social media as Fleetwood Town choose to sack Ched Evans with immediate effect…
@curt_unwin: Oh what have you done now Ched
@ffslluke: Ched Evans no longer at Fleetwood that’s a big blow for them
@cufclee: Must be bad re Ched Evans if joey Barton is sacking you for your behaviour
@nelsonseasider: Poor Joey, you just know he wants away from Fleetwood
@chrishoward7891: Joey Barton calling out a player for discipline!, is this the same manager who punched an opposition manager ? Hes probably just jealous that Evans has outdone him on something, both nasty pieces of work. There is not another club that represents its manager as well as Fleetwood
@NonLeagueAFC: Ched Evans apparently left Fleetwood. Get him in next transfer window #oafc
@clacher_james: If blackpool get ched evans. We would we even more dangerous!
@Benjami55080566: I defo take ched evans on a free be a nice back up #oafc
@stu_wafc: Latics 1st signing ched Evans
@DavidBarker__: We are fucked
@Curt_1992: Well that’s going to be a massive blow
@onedavebamber: Who could possibly have foreseen that Ched Evans would be trouble?
@ShaunWaltz: We could do with another striker ….
@tangerine_jord: SIGN HIM
@powellBFC93: Must have been a proper cock for even Barton to have had enough.
Good grief. How badly must you be behaving for Joey Barton of all people to get rid of you? https://t.co/CHwJPuDJcn
— Louis Varley (@SufcLouis) December 19, 2020
Barton complaining about player discipline 🙃
— Ian Andrew Lewis (@ianlew17) December 19, 2020
— Bentley (@tom_bentley_) December 19, 2020
— Karl Green (@LincolnMariner) December 19, 2020
@NewportCounty Ched Evans on a free let’s make it happen
— Callum Whitt 🏴 (@callum_Whitt11) December 19, 2020